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9/11 Panel Provokes a Discussion the White House Hoped to Avoid

In the summer of 2001, according to witnesses interviewed by the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 hijackings, President Bush was told repeatedly of terror warnings pouring into American intelligence agencies, mostly about threats overseas. The director of central intelligence, George J. Tenet, who briefed Mr. Bush on threats almost daily, “was around town literally pounding on desks saying that something is happening, this is an unprecedented level of threat information,” said Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state, who was quoted in a Congressional report last year. But even as the warnings spiked in June and July that year, there appeared to be little sense of alarm at the White House, officials of the Central Intelligence Agency told the commission. It was not until Sept. 4 that Mr. Bush’s national security team approved a plan intended to eradicate Al Qaeda and not until Sept. 10 that Mr. Tenet was told to put the plan into effect. Full Story

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